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The USA is home to several of the world's most exciting cities, some truly mind-blowing landscapes, a strong sense of regionalism, a trenchant mythology, more history than the country gives itself credit for and, arguably, some of the most approachable natives in the world. The US was fashioned from an incredibly disparate population who, with little in common apart from a desire to choose their own paths to wealth or heaven, rallied around the ennobling ideals of the Declaration of Independence to forge the richest, most inventive and most powerful country on earth.

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A Golden Good-Bye

Fri, 25 Sep 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [17]

THE CALENDAR MAY SAY THAT AUTUMN has arrived but, despite the recent dusting of snow, it is still summery here in the Mile High City.  It’s a different story along the Colorado Trail near Kenosha Pass, fifty miles west and another mile higher ... Read more >

All Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [13]

OUR RENEWED PASSPORTS FINALLY ARRIVED, three months after we applied for them.  They are so much thinner—the Jenny Craig version—and so much more pristine than the old ones, whose pages are filled and whose logos are nearly worn off ... Read more >

Fire and Ice

Tue, 8 Sep 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [36]

IT WAS HARDLY A BLIZZARD BUT ANY SNOW this early in September is unusual, especially after Labor Day temperatures climbed into the 90s.  Although snow is possible any time in the mountains, this is the earliest it has snowed along the Front Range ... Read more >

You Do What You Can

Wed, 2 Sep 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [57]

THE BRITS CALL THEM JABS—vaccinations, flu shots and the like.  So while the country waits for the sometime-in-the-future Covid-19 vaccine, Connie and I got the 2020 model flu shot at Walgreens.  Not only was it covered by Medicare, Walgreens ... Read more >

Licenses Renewed

Sat, 29 Aug 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [46]

WE’RE STILL HERE—MORE OR LESS.  We had to abandon the condo we’d been in since April, but only to move to the next building.  It’s the same layout with different furnishings—a step up in some ways and down in others—... Read more >

The Game Is Afoot

Sun, 23 Aug 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [72]

THE CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED, THE BATTLE-LINES DRAWN and, as Conan Doyle would say, “The game is afoot.”  Perhaps Michael Buffer’s “Let’s get ready to rumble!” is more apt.        ... Read more >

Frederick Remington, Winslow Homer And Covid

Fri, 14 Aug 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [99]

WE HAVE VISITED SOME OF THE FINEST ART MUSEUMS of the world—the Louvre, Met, Prado, Vatican, Rijksmuseum and even the Hermitage—but the one we keep returning to—the only one we’ve been members of—is here in Colorado. ... Read more >

Norman Rockwell—Reimagining the World

Thu, 13 Aug 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [69]

NORMAN ROCKWELL'S COVERS ON  THE SATURDAY EVENING POST are as American as peanut butter and jelly, firecrackers on the Fourth or Mom's apple pie.  Many of us yearn for the America he depicted on the covers of more than 300 issues of the Saturday ... Read more >

Me Depressed

Sun, 9 Aug 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [42]

I SPENT THE LAST HOUR WATCHING “Meet the Press” and now "Me Depressed?"  Sixty minutes wasted on $1 trillion versus $3 trillion and millions out of work and increasing Covid infections and 160,000 deaths and a vaccine in 3 months or ... Read more >

75 Years Ago — Hiroshima

Thu, 6 Aug 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [42]

Archival entry from October 2014  journals.worldnomads.com/vagabondstoo EVERYONE KNOWS THE STORY, how on the morning of 6 August, 1945 the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the sleepy city of Hiroshima, effectively ending World War II ... Read more >

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Mourning Beirut—A Look Back in Time

Wed, 5 Aug 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [40]

Journal Entry from February 14, 2015  journals.worldnomads.com/vagabondstoo THE IMMIGRATION OFFICER SEARCHED OUR PASSPORTS, page by page, for evidence of a visit to Israel which would deny us entry into Lebanon.  No worries — they ... Read more >

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Black Lives Still Matter

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [48]

IT MIGHT BE A COINCIDENCE—OR MAYBE IT WAS JUST FATE.  Connie and I visited Denver’s Martin Luther King Memorial on the same day as Rep. John Lewis’s funeral, the same Civil Rights leader who marched across the Pettis Bridge with ... Read more >

The Road to Recovery

Mon, 27 Jul 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [41]

HOPE AND CROSBY TRAVELED MANY ROADS TOGETHER—to Singapore and Zanzibar, Morocco and Rio, Bali and Hong Kong and even Utopia.  Connie and I have also traveled those roads—we still haven't found Utopia—but for me, none has been more ... Read more >

Something To Think About

Sat, 18 Jul 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [83]

AMONG THE THINGS I AM CURRENTLY reading is The 40s: The Story of a Decade,  a selection of articles from New Yorker Magazine .   Granted, most articles pre-date my existence (I am looking forward to reading The 60s volume) but the authors, ... Read more >

On The Town

Tue, 14 Jul 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [63]

EXCEPT FOR HAIRCUTS AND GROCERY SHOPPING, all of our excursions into the outside world have been of a medical nature.  Annual dental check-ups and cleaning, physicals, eye exams, mammograms, shoulder replacement, cataract surgery and twice-weekly ... Read more >

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